Well, (no) thanks to the lollygaggers and dilly-dalliers at the O2 Arena’s World Tour Finals — who lollygaggingly and dilly-dallyingly decided to contest their Rafael Nadal vs. Novak Djokovic final on a Monday and not a Sunday — today’s W.A.T.C.H. List comes to you one day late, since the new rankings were delayed. WTF indeed.

So let’s not waste any more time, and cut straight to today’s List to see Who’s Achieved Their Career Highs this week*:

Player NATIONALITY Age New High Why
Michal Przysiezny POL 29 59 others lost points
Tim Smyczek USA 25 73 Knoxville W
Julian Reister GER 27 83 Yeongwol R2
Bradley Klahn USA 23 101 Yeongwol W
Facundo Arguello ARG 21 127 Bogota QF
Peter Polansky CAN 25 141 Knoxville F
Victor Estrella DOM 33 147 Bogota W
Guilherme Clezar BRA 20 159 Bogota SF
Damir Dzumhur BIH 21 190 Bratislava QF
Taro Daniel JPN 20 214 Yeongwol F
James McGee IRL 26 220 Yeongwol SF
Germain Gigounon BEL 24 240 Yeongwol QF
Axel Michon FRA 22 241 Egypt F32 F
Valery Rudnev RUS 25 244 Yeongwol R16
Aslan Karatsev RUS 20 286 Yeongwol QR2
Tak Khunn Wang FRA 22 289 others lost points
Adrian Sikora SVK 25 297 Bratislava R2
Janez Semrajc SLO 24 306 Croatia F14 SF
Ante Pavic CRO 24 314 Bratislava R2
Juan Lizariturry ESP 22 316 others lost points

“Oh my!” I can hear you saying, “Some of these names are in yellow. What on Earth could possibly be the reason?”

Well I’ll tell you what: it’s because this is Peter Polansky, Taro Daniel and Axel Michon’s first time on the List**.

Polansky, as anyone who’s been paying attention already knows, has been tearing up the Chally circuit of late, making the finals of his last three tournaments and winning at Tiburon. The 25-year-old Canadian is thus 13-2 in his last 15 matches.

PePo Stares Deep Into Your Soul at the Knoxville Trophy Ceremony***

PePo Stares Deep Into Your Soul at the Knoxville Trophy Ceremony***

Taro Daniel, for his part, had an excellent run at the Yeongwol Challenger, where he upset 6 seed James Ward in the first round, and rode that win all the way to the finals, where he lost to Bradley Klahn. The 20-year-old Japanese righty is now the sixth-ranked player under the age of 21.

Axel Michon, meanwhile, is a  22-year-old Frenchman who’s had a very decent 59/29 campaign this year — although most of his success has been on Futures level and hasn’t quite translated to Challenger-level success; in fourteen tries this year, Michon’s only made it past the 2nd round one time.

Lastly, I want to point out just how many of the career highs were posted at the middle-of-nowhere Yeongwol Challenger. *points*

Aslan Karatsev only had to win one qualifying match to achieve his new personal best, fer chrissakes. It seems like all you had to do was show up there and viola — a new career high! Heck, I think even the Yeongwol ball kids have at least one ATP point.

Yeong Jeezy - photo by Jason Jung

Yeong Jeezy – photo by Jason Jung

*Ranked between 60(ish) and 300(ish), as always.

**In the last 10 weeks, at least.

***And you kind of like it.

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